St. John's Brunzema Organ

 St. John's organ was built in 1988, opus 28, by Gerhard Brunzema Organs, Inc. of Fergus, Ontario. The organ consists of 41 ranks of pipes (about 2,100) distributed over four divisions: three manuals and pedal. Mr. Brunzema was a German organ builder who lived the final years of his life in Canada.

All stop and division names are in German on this instrument. Unlike many modern instruments, strips of wood and metal called "trackers" connect the keys to the pipes. This organ is called a "tracker" or mechanical action instrument, because the connection from the key to the pipe is mechanical, not electrical or pneumatic. Tracker action has been used since the Middle Ages, but was almost forgotten in the early twentieth century. Good tracker organs have become increasingly popular in recent years because of their superior quality and sensitivity to the player's touch.

Organ Specifications

Note: Additions were made by D. Leslie Smith, Mr. Brunzema's former assistant from Fergus, Ontario, in 2003. The new manual division, pedal stop, and combination action are indicated by * below.

Brunzema/Smith Organ, 1988/2003

Brustwerk (56 notes) *
(under expression)
Gemshorn 8 *
Holzgedeckt 8 *
Holzfloete 4 *
Rohrfloete 2 *
Blockfloete 1 *
Kornet II *
Regal 8 *
Tremulant *
Hauptwerk (56 notes)
Bordun 16
Praestant 8
Schwebung 8
Hohlfloete 8
Oktave 4
Nasat 2 2/3
Spitzfloete 4
Oktave 2
Mixtur V
Trompete 8
Spanische Trompete 8
Rueckpositiv (56 notes)
Gedeckt 8
Praestant 4
Rohrfloete 4
Oktave 2
Waldfloete 2
Nasat 1 1/3
Sesquialtera II
Scharf III
Krummhorn 8
Pedal (30 notes)
Holzprincipal 16 *
Posaune 16
Subbass 16
Oktave 8
Trompete 8
Oktave 4
Combination action *
Couplers: Rp/Hw, Hw/Ped, Rp/Pedal, Bw/Pedal *

Spanische Trompete

View of console with toe studs


View of organ from the Altar